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First Cemetery

The first cemetery in Princeton was the old burying ground on Meeting-House Hill across the road from the first church building, near 58 Mountain Road. In those early days the burying-ground (God’s Acre) was invariably an adjunct to God’s house.

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Railroad Through Princeton

The railroad, which ran its last passenger train through Princeton on March 7, 1953, was once known as the Boston, Barre, and Gardner. What was its original planned route?

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Basement As A School Room

At one time the basement of the stone house once owned by Mr. Byam Whitney (264 Mirick Rd) served as a schoolroom.

Today, it is owned by the Washburn’s.

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Large Barn Behind Princeton Public Library

Between the late 1800’s early 1900’s, there was a large barn behind the Princeton Public Library, which was torn down by Harold Mason, and it once was owned by P. C. Doolittle. What do you think was stored there? PC19MountainRdPCDoolittleE

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 After The Surrender at Saratoga in 1777

After the British General Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga in 1777, his captured troops were marched across Massachusetts to Cambridge, about three hundred of them escaped with some ending up in Princeton.burgoyne-surrenders-to-gates

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Pot-Bellied-Stove Philosophers

GregoryStoreInterior_Mr.ChasePrinceton once enjoyed a group of sages called the Pot-Bellied-Stove Philosophers? They met in D.H. Gregory & Company’s store and gathered (as the name implies) around the pot-bellied-stove with its accompanying box of sawdust to discuss the affairs of the universe.
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